Dr. Boissy is an expert in cell biology with interests in mechanisms regulating the generation of cell type specific gene products and the subsequent targeting of these glycoproteins to their site of function. He uses the melanocyte and skin pigmentation as a model system for these studies. As a pathophysiologist, he is interested in cellular mechanisms and consequences of diseases, specifically hypopigmentary disorders of the skin and hair. Dr. Boissy has elucidated the role of a novel and abundant melanocyte specific protein, tyrosinase related protein-1 (TRP-1) in melanin synthesis and its involvement in regulating brown/black pigment production. He defined the etiology of two severe hypopigmentary diseases, vitiligo and albinism, which can result in premature aging, cancer, and immunodysfunction of the skin. Dr. Boissy contributes significantly to the Skin Sciences Institute through his expertise in understanding and assessing the role of pigmentation and skin color on skin health, viability, and appearance.
Education and Training
PhD: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA